Front Line - Dancers Sarah Storer and Nuno SilvaHenri Oguike Dance Company

Liverpool Playhouse (2nd March 2007)

Reviewed by Colin Serjent

The Henri Oguike Dance Company presented three new works at the Playhouse. The first of them - 'Little Red' - is performed to two Vivaldi violin concertos with the dancers, mostly female, performing a series of highly energetic and sensual movements bathed in deep scarlet light by designer Guy Hoare.

Oguike, one of Britain's accomplished dance choreographers, ventures into the world of jazz for the first time with 'Green In Blue', a collaboration with saxophonist Iian Bellamy and his band Little Red. It is set in the summer, with the female dancers attired in 1960s tennis dresses.

Other parts of the programme featured 'Expression Lines', inspired by the recently deceased Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure; 'Tiger Dancing' - an adaptation of Steve Martland's William Blake-inspired score, and 'Expression Lines', a meditative solo piece by Oguike himself.

This event is part of the LEAP dance festival which opened in Liverpool at the beginning of March. For more information about the other events taking place go to and

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